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 Post subject: Cloda Rodgers
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:48 pm 
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Anyone remember Cloda Rodgers? famous for her big hit entry in the eurovision song contest in 1971.
Clodagh Rodgers - 1971 hotpants UK www.dailymotion.com/video/x1sv94_clodag ... s-uk_music
Although she was born in Ballymena I think she lived above the shop which became Paddy Magill's petrol station for a time. Her father moved her to Dromore Road Primary for a short time and because she was so small we tried to put her into Roy Colvin's schoolbag which was rather large! Her dad was her manager and had her singing all over the country from a very young age. Don't think she lived in the point for very long.


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 Post subject: Re: Cloda Rodgers
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:14 pm 
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I think I`ll leave the answering of that post to some of her very good friends and relations who still live in Warrenpoint ...........................................


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I remember Clodagh rodgers singing in the Eurovision Song Contest, of course everyone in Warrenpoint was willing her to win. Didn't she look great on the night. b-)


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I couldn`t say for sure when the family left Warrenpoint for Newry, she spent a lot of time in our house, she was friendly with one of my sisters, I know there are a lot of friends and relatives still here who could
give a more detailed account ...................


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Clodagh had moved on to bigger and better things by the time i came along - but her Mum and dad ( Gerty and Louie) were very good friends of my Mum and Dad and lived in Rathmore when we moved in - they were both wonderful people and truly great neighbours


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Sometime in the early 1980s we went to see Cloda performing at the Banville in Banbridge. She was heavily pregnant at the time but still looked fantastic and gave a great performance. Hopefully she is keeping well.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:21 am 
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I remember Clodagh Rogers as well.
Northbrook - I remember seeing her on T.V. but
can't remember if it was before I came here ('64)
or was it during one of my trips home.
Can you throw some light on this.
I think she was a bit younger than me.


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I know my Mum and Dad were great mates of Gertie and Louis,they went dancing mates and socialised together..Louis,her Father, was Clodagh's manager,her brother Louis jun.was an assistant manager to Louis Senior.....Her sister Lavinia was a member of her backing group....they are cousins of the O'Hanlons Clonallon Gdns.....Mrs.O'Hanlon was Louis's sister,they originated from Newry.....they regularly came over to Ireland to visit the O'Hanlon Family,and in doing so in their spare time visited us....I remember all the "FUSS" in Clonallon Gdns when Clodagh made her appearance as a Celebrity.

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i remember cloda rodgers but my best memory was when i think it was her that sponsored Linda barry in conformation, we made confirmation on same day and linda had a big star sponsoring her.


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In reply to the post by Victor, Clodagh was not born in Ballymena, she was born in Warrenpoint !!

How lovely to read all the other comments about Clodagh, and Mum and Dad. We all have great memories about Warrenpoint and all looked forward to visiting our parents after they retired there in the 80s.


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In reply to the post by 'mdhughw' Louis Jnr. did not work for his Father it was his eldest son Frank who co-managed and tour managed for his father. After leaving his Father's business Frank joined Decca Records Promotion Dept. he moved to their A&R Dept eventually becoming Head of A&R.
Louis Jnr. is the youngest member of the family. After leaving school he worked for RCA Records before joining CBS Records Promotion Dept. he to eventually became Head of Promotions.


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How nice to see this Post brought
up again.

I remember Clodagh very well from
our teenage years in Warrenpoint.

Last I heard of her, about 10 or 12
years ago, she appeared in " The Bill ".

I seem to remember she married a
Guitarist from Scotland, who played
with the Lonnie Donegan Band.

I think they opened a Wine Bar in Devon.

Lost track after that.



I also remember she was voted " Best
Legs " in British Show Business.!


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 Post subject: Re: Cloda Rodgers
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Yes, she did own a winebar in Devon and married Ian Sorbie, they had a son Sam.

She was in 'The Bill'. After that see appeared in the lead role as Mrs Johnson in Willie Russell's musical 'Blood Brothers' which toured the UK, later leading the cast at the Pheonix Theater in London's West End, this was her last public appearance, she is now retired and lives in Sussex.

Sadly her husband Ian died. Her son Sam works in Television, recently working on 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent'


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thefamily wrote:
Yes, she did own a winebar in Devon and married Ian Sorbie, they had a son Sam.

She was in 'The Bill'. After that see appeared in the lead role as Mrs Johnson in Willie Russell's musical 'Blood Brothers' which toured the UK, later leading the cast at the Pheonix Theater in London's West End, this was her last public appearance, she is now retired and lives in Sussex.

Sadly her husband Ian died. Her son Sam works in Television, recently working on 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent'



Thanks for the update.

Sorry to hear about Ian.

I wish her a happy retirement.


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 Post subject: Re: Cloda Rodgers
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victor wrote:
Anyone remember Cloda Rodgers? famous for her big hit entry in the eurovision song contest in 1971.
Clodagh Rodgers - 1971 hotpants UK http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1sv94 ... s-uk_music
Although she was born in Ballymena I think she lived above the shop which became Paddy Magill's petrol station for a time. Her father moved her to Dromore Road Primary for a short time and because she was so small we tried to put her into Roy Colvin's schoolbag which was rather large! Her dad was her manager and had her singing all over the country from a very young age. Don't think she lived in the point for very long.


Not born in Ballymena, as wrongly stated on Wikipedia and other social media sites. Clodagh was born in Warrenpoint.


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